Wednesday, December 5, 2012

A few (tasty) holiday favourites

One of my favourite things about Christmas would have to be eating. I love good food. I love cooking. I love to eat. In fact, it's half my motivation for going to the gym - I don't want to skimp on dessert, I'd rather work out a few times a week to even things out (or at least that's what I tell myself) :-)

I do have a handful of favourite recipes - some of which are family recipes and others I've found online over the years, but all I'll continue to make for years to come. Here's some of my favourites...

... Aberdeen sausage. Hands down, my favourite Christmas meal. I don't know if it's a typically Australian thing or where it comes from but I could quite happily sit and eat an entire log of the meaty, bacon-y stuff myself. You can see slices on it in the front middle of the table. It doesn't look like a sausage, more like a sliced meatloaf.


... Apricot balls. These are a classic! I use my Mum's recipe (250g dried diced apricots, 1/2 can condensed milk, 1/2 cup desiccated coconut - mix together then roll into extra coconut, super easy) and always make a few batches to store in the freezer in the lead up to Christmas. These ones pictured here I whipped up on the weekend, but using shredded coconut as it would appear that Safeway (or anywhere?) doesn't stock desiccated coconut. They were good, but I much prefer the original version.


... Nigella's chocolate pistachio fudge. This is a more recent addition - I discovered this one in 2010 and have made it every year since. I just whipped up a batch on Sunday using macadamias instead of pistachios and the husband and I have already eaten half of it... Too good!


... Mango-mayo dip for fresh prawns. This is one my sister introduced a few years back. It is a simple combination of freshly diced mango, whole egg mayonaise & sweet chili sauce. No particular proportions, just mix it all in til it tastes good and dip fresh prawns in it. Yum yum yum :-)


... Nigella's chocolate pavlova. I first made this in 2009 and it's a dessert I love making year round. Pavlova is a traditional Australian dessert but this version beats the regular pav any day. It's the dessert at the front here - chocolatey, gooey and topped with fresh whipped cream and seasonal berries.


What are your favourite Christmas recipes?

11 comments:

  1. Oh wow I cant believe Im seeing this at this hour here in my country. I'm craving!!! Apricot balls and choco pistachio fudge - good lord, my sweet tooth is aching at 4 in the morning!

    ♥,
    Shari

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    1. Hehe it is tasty - certainly 4am craving worthy :)

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  2. The apricot balls look AMAZING!!!!

    The one thing I make each Christmas would be cheesecake, but only because I suck at baking! Haha.

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    1. Yummm! Cheesecake is one of my favourites!

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  3. Oooh those apricot balls! Thanks for linking up!

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    1. Happy to link up! The apricot balls are a winner in our house :)

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  4. The apricot balls sound delicious! And since they're made with fruit, they're healthy, right? :)

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  5. Well, we'll start our christmas traditions this year :-). Our tree is up (yes, the weekend after Sinterklaas!) and food is next... Looks like we're trying vegetarian christmas dinner this year!! In my family the "petit grand dessert" is a tradition, what means we have loads of small desserts on a big plate. And I mean one plate for everyone . Yay for toetjes!!!

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  6. Well, we'll start our christmas traditions this year :-). Our tree is up (yes, the weekend after Sinterklaas!) and food is next... Looks like we're trying vegetarian christmas dinner this year!! In my family the "petit grand dessert" is a tradition, what means we have loads of small desserts on a big plate. And I mean one plate for everyone . Yay for toetjes!!!

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